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Siddique may lose cabinet berth

Siddique may lose cabinet berth

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday decided to sack Abdul Latif Siddique from the cabinet over his comments on hajj, Prophet Muhammad (SM) and Tabligh Jamaat, highly placed sources said. Latif’s remarks in New York on Sunday triggered widespread criticisms at home and abroad, and embarrassed the government.    A top official at the Prime Minister’s Office said Hasina was annoyed at the comments by the posts, telecommunications and information technology minister at a discussion at Jackson Heights. The PM’s decision came hours after a video of the discussion caused uproar in the social media and sparked protests in Bangladesh and in the US. However, no official confirmation of Latif’s removal was available. Sources told...

News Analysis

Speaking recklessly

An outburst of public criticism has prompted Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s decision to drop Abdul Latif Siddique from her cabinet over his derogatory remarks against hajj and Tablighi Jamaat.  The comments by the post, telecommunications and information technology minister violated the law and hurt people’s religious sentiment.  Uttering words deliberately to wound religious feelings of any person is a punishable offence under Section 298 of the Penal Code, 1860. An individual might be punished with a highest jail term of one...

Forced to confess to a crime he did not commit

Forced to confess to a crime he did not commit

Joj Mia yesterday narrated before a Dhaka court how he had been forced by three CID officials into confessing falsely that he took part in the August 21 grenade attack.   “I gave the confessional statement before a magistrate [in 2005] because the [then] CID officials threatened me with [death in] crossfire,” he told the Speedy Trial Tribunal-1. He identified the ex-CID officials in the dock -- Ruhul Amin, Abdur Rashid and Munshi Atiqur Rahman -- who had made up a story and falsely implicated him in the two cases filed in connection with the grenade explosions at a rally of the then opposition Awami League in 2004. He was later cross-examined by...

The merchant of rainbows

The merchant of rainbows

“I see skies of blue and clouds of white/ the bright blessed day, the dark sacred night/ and I think to myself what a wonderful world.” This is how the protagonist in Louis Armstrong’s iconic song sees the world around. With references to green trees, red roses, blue skies, white clouds, friends shaking hands...

Rejoinder, our reply

The Press Council has protested a news item published in The Daily Star on September 24 headlined, “Govt seeks to certify journalists: aims to amend the Press Council Act”. In a rejoinder, its Secretary Shyamol Chandra Karmakar said the Council examined its record and found that the government had never made any proposal for bringing journalists under certification, nor did it ask the Council to make a move to that effect. The Council also did not recommend in the draft amendment...

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ISIS an hour away from Baghdad

US air strikes are failing to drive back ISIS in Iraq where its forces are still within an hour's drive of Baghdad. Three and a half months since the Iraqi army was spectacularly routed in northern Iraq by a far inferior force of ISIS fighters, it is still seeing bases overrun because it fails to supply them with ammunition, food and water. The selection of a new Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, to replace Nouri al-Maliki last month was supposed to introduce...

Lonely, in need of care

Lonely, in need of care

Sexagenarian Duli Begum is an invalid in need of constant care. Once an owner of 13 decimals of land, she now has practically no place to go and no one to look after her. Her five daughters who now own the land are too busy with their own lives to take her responsibility. They have...

PM portrayed Bangladesh as a militant state

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in her recent speech at the 69th United Nations General Assembly tried to portray Bangladesh as a militant state to the world, BNP Senior Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman has alleged. "Whenever Hasina is in power, she tries to portray Bangladesh as a militant state. This time, she did this at the UN summit,” Tarique said at a discussion on his party founder Ziaur Rahman at York Hall in East London on Monday. The elder son of BNP...

Malnutrition remains a big challenge

Malnutrition and high rate of childhood stunting in the country could have been reduced significantly if nutrition education had been incorporated in different social safety net programmes (SSNPs), experts say. A recent study conducted by the Washington-based global food policy think-tank International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has found out that mere transfer of food or cash under the SSNPs would not make much difference in terms of improving people's nutrition level unless the SSNPs were tagged with nutrition behaviour...

Subhan's trial at next stage

War crimes case against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdus Subhan steps into next stage as the defence yesterday completed cross-examining the last prosecution witness at the International Crimes Tribunal-2. The three-member tribunal led by Justice Obaidul Hassan fixed October 15 for the defence to produce their witnesses. During cross-examination of Noor Hossain, also the second investigation officer in the case, defence counsel Mizanul Islam made a suggestion that Subhan was not involved in the alleged charges brought against him. Noor, the 31st prosecution witness,...

Political violence blocks progress

Political violence blocks progress

Bangladesh's development will skyrocket if it can avoid political violence, and ensure constructive politics and gender equality, outgoing UN Resident Coordinator Neal Walker has said. There is no doubt that Bangladesh will be a marvellous place, if it can avoid violence, provide conducive environment for investment and development, ensure law and order and uphold...

7-murder Accused

Nur jailed for keeping wild birds

A Narayanganj court yesterday sentenced Nur Hossain, the prime accused in the sensational seven-murder case, to one-year imprisonment for keeping wild birds at his residence illegally. Senior Judicial Magistrate HM Shafiqul Islam passed the order, Md Nasir Ahmed, inspector of Special Branch of Narayanganj police told The Daily Star. The court also fined Nur Hossain Tk 50,000, in default, to suffer three months more rigorous imprisonment, he added. Following a court order, police raided the residence of Nur Hossain at Shimrail area...

Injured In Cylinder Blast

Five more die in hospital

Five people, who suffered severe burns in a cylinder explosion at a CNG filling station in Manikganj on Monday, died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital and Enam Medical College and Hospital in Savar yesterday, raising the death toll to six in two days. With 85 to 95 percent burns, four of the victims succumbed to their injuries yesterday afternoon at the DMCH burn unit, said Partha Sankar Paul, resident medical officer of the burn unit. The deceased are filling station manager...

Bangladesh ineligible for DV-16 too

Bangladesh is among the 19 countries which are ineligible for the 2016 Diversity Visa (DV) programme of the United States, the US Department of State has announced. The natives of the countries cannot get the opportunity as the countries sent more than 50,000 immigrants to the US in the last five years, according to the announcement made on Monday. The other ineligible countries are: Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines,...

Antibiotics linked to child obesity

Antibiotics linked to child obesity

Babies who have four or more courses of antibiotics before the age of two are more likely to become obese, a study has found. merican researchers have found that broad-spectrum antibiotics were linked with an 11 percent increased risk of obesity by age five. They warned that the findings were another reason to avoid...

Sierra Leone crowds mistakenly celebrate 'end of Ebola'

Sierra Leone's government was forced to issue a statement yesterday denying that Ebola had been defeated, after hundreds to took to the streets in provinical towns to celebrate what they thought was the end of the epidemic.

Demand for Fresh Polls

BNP, allies to wage movement this month

The BNP-led 20-party alliance last night decided to wage a strong movement from the second week of this month to realise its demand for a fresh national election under a non-party administration. As part of the movement, the combine will carry out extensive campaigns to be led by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to drum up public support in favour of its demand. The decision came at a meeting of the chiefs of the alliance components at the BNP chief's Gulshan office...

Violence Near BNP Office

Charges accepted against 130 opposition men

A Dhaka court yesterday accepted charges against 130 leaders and activists of the BNP-led 20-party alliance in a case over violence near the Nayapaltan central office of BNP on March 11 last year. Among the accused are BNP leaders Joynal Abdin Farroque, Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, Amanullah Aman and Jatiya Gonotantrik Party chief Shafiul Alam Pradhan. All the accused are on bail now. On August 3, Sub-Inspector Abu Zafar of Paltan Police Station submitted two charge sheets to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's...

Business

Rice output hits a record high

Rice output hits a record high

Rice production edged up to a new high last fiscal year due to an increase in yield in all three crops seasons for favourable weather and a more balanced use of fertiliser. Production rose to 3.44 crore tonnes in fiscal 2013-14, from 3.38 crore tonnes a year ago, thanks to a record boro output. Boro...

Govt puts a bar on rawhide transport to border areas

The government will not allow transportation of rawhide to border areas for 30 days from the day of Eid-ul-Azha to check smuggling, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed said yesterday. More border guards will be deployed during the period to heighten vigilance, he told reporters after a meeting with the Bangladesh Tanners Association, Bangladesh Hide and Skin Merchant Association and Bangladesh Finished Leather Goods and Footwear Exporters Association. The move comes as a section of unscrupulous traders purchase rawhide at a low cost...

Build a roadmap to implement new VAT law

The government will have to prepare a fresh roadmap for implementing the new VAT law to get the sixth instalment of a $1 billion IMF loan. Necessary hardware along with VAT software will also have to be purchased by June next year to help a new VAT collection system take off. The conditions were tagged after a team of the International Monetary Fund concluded a two-week review of reforms on Monday under the lender's Extended Credit Facility programme. The IMF board may...

Call money rate soars on demand from non-banks

Call money rate soars on demand from non-banks

The inter-bank call money rate jumped to 9 percent yesterday -- the highest in the last one year -- as most of the non-bank financial institutions rushed to borrow to meet their overnight demand. A total of Tk 7,497 crore was transacted in the call money market yesterday, down by more than Tk 404 crore from the previous day, Bangladesh Bank data showed. The call money rate, at which banks lend and borrow from each other, reached as high as 8.5 percent on Monday. “The non-banks' demand for money pushed the rate slightly up yesterday,” said a treasury official of a private bank. Twenty-two non-banks participated in the overnight money market, of which...

HSBC gets new chief executive

HSBC gets new chief executive

Francois de Maricourt has been appointed chief executive officer of HSBC Bangladesh, effective from today, the bank said in a statement. The appointment remains subject to regulatory approval, it said. Maricourt joined the HSBC Group in 1994 and has since held a number of senior roles across diverse geographies including Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to joining HSBC in Bangladesh, he was chief executive officer of the corporation in Lebanon, it said. Maricourt replaces Andrew Tilke, who will now take up as head of wholesale credit and market risk for Asia Pacific, based in Hong Kong. Tilke joined HSBC Bangladesh in 2012. “We are delighted to appoint Maricourt to the...

Toys exporter goes into production today

Toys exporter goes into production today

GSL Export begins commercial production of toys today, to find a niche in the global market mostly dominated by China. The joint-venture, a subsidiary of listed company Golden Son, will produce soft and plush toys for export purposes. The company targets to export toys worth Tk 40 crore in the first one year. “In our first shipment, we will send toys worth €0.215 million to Germany by early November,” said Belal Ahmed, chairman of GSL Export. The company currently employs more than 300 workers and the number will reach 1,000 by the yearend. “We are booked till December with orders from Germany alone,” he said, adding that they will move to enter...

Large-cap stocks keep market afloat amid cautious trade

Stocks returned to the black yesterday, riding on renewed investor interests in large-cap shares. DSEX, the key index of the Dhaka Stock Exchange, gained 23.96 points or 0.47 percent to close at 5,074.30. The shariah index, DSES, slipped 1.91 points or 0.15 percent to close at 1,195. “Large-cap companies dominated turnover. Meanwhile, investors remained cautious before Eid vacation, which will start the next week, while some opted for profit booking to re-balance the portfolio before going for a week-long vacation,” IDLC...

ABB wins $30m order from Power Grid

ABB, a leading power and automation technology group, has won a $30 million order from Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB) to take new power connections to 450,000 households. The Swiss engineering company will provide four new turnkey substations and help expand six others to enhance transmission capacity and boost power supply to meet growing demand for electricity. The four new 132/33kV substations of the state-run PGCB, the country's leading transmission utility, will be constructed at Rangamati, Khagrachhari, Beanibazar and Sunamganj....

Chambers seek simple rules, supportive import policy

A platform of three chambers yesterday called for simplification of regulatory issues and supportive import policy for the manufacturing sector.   The Business Initiative Leading Development (BUILD), a public private dialogue platform, made the suggestion at a meeting of its trade and investment working committee at the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) in Dhaka. Commerce Secretary Hedayetullah Al Mamoon and MCCI President Rokia Afzal Rahman co-chaired the meeting. The meeting discussed important policy reforms and made recommendations to be incorporated...

EU says Apple's Irish tax deals breach rules

The European Union said Tuesday that Apple's sweetheart tax deals with Ireland breached rules on receiving state aid, in a case which could cost the US tech giant billions if it is found at fault. Brussels released a letter that the EU competition commissioner sent to the Irish government in June formally setting out the reasons for opening an investigation into Dublin's arrangements with Apple. It is the latest in a series of cases pitting the EU, whose 28 nations together...

Inflation eases in advanced nations for third month

Inflation in the world's richest nations eased for the third straight month in August, the OECD said on Tuesday, dragged down by slowing price rises in Europe's moribund economy. Consumer prices rose by 1.8 percent in the year to August in the 34 advanced democracies which make up the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, down from 1.9 percent in July. The fall has been driven by Europe, where concerns about stalling inflation have already prompted the eurozone's central bank to...

India keeps interest rates on hold to guard against inflation

India's central bank kept interest rates on hold Tuesday, saying it was worried inflation in Asia's third-largest economy may not cool as fast as hoped. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) maintained the benchmark repo rate, at which it lends to commercial banks, at a steep 8.0 percent, in line with analysts' expectations. "There are risks from food price shocks as the full effects of the monsoon's passage unfold, and from geo-political developments that could materialise rapidly," RBI governor Raghuram Rajan...

eBay to split PayPal into standalone company

US online auction giant eBay on Tuesday ag-reed to shareholders' requests for a split making its highly profitable PayPal brand into an independent company starting next year. Current eBay shareholders will receive stock in the future PayPal in proportion to their current holdings, the company said in a statement. The split will give shareholders "more targeted investment opportunities" and will increase the value of the company over the long term, the statement said, without giving more details of the spinoff. Rumors of...

Apple to launch iPhone 6 in China from Oct 17

Apple said Tuesday it will begin selling its latest iPhones in China from October 17 after the Chinese regulator pressed the US giant to improve personal data security to gain approval. Apple launched the large-screen iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in 10 countries and regions on September 19, though not in mainland China, with state media saying problems with licensing were the main obstacle. The absence of China in the first round of sales was notable because Apple launched the...

Thailand to give tourists 'safety' wristbands

Thailand on Tuesday announced plans to give tourists wristbands carrying their personal details, as the kingdom falls under intense scrutiny over visitor safety following the murder of two British holidaymakers. Under the scheme hotels will distribute the wristbands to new arrivals. "If anything happens to them we will then know their names, nationality and hotel," said Arnuparp Gaesornsuwan, director general of the Department of Tourism told AFP. "We have discussed it with hotel operators and they are willing to do it," he...

Sports

'I can take my country forward'

'I can take my country forward'

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has thanked the Bangladesh Cricket Board for 'keeping faith' in the player and giving him a chance to lead the Tigers for the second time in his career. The 'Narail-Express', who was named Bangladesh's ODI captain for the Zimbabwe series yesterday, was first assigned the responsibility in 2009 when he took...

Captaincy divided

Pacer Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has been named Bangladesh's ODI captain for the Zimbabwe series, set to take place in October-November, following a board meeting yesterday. The 31-year-old will replace Mushfiqur Rahim, who led the Tigers in all formats of the game for almost three years. Mushfiqur was earlier named captain till next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. The wicketkeeper-batsman however, has been retained as the side's Test captain for the Zimbabwe series, which includes three Tests and five...

17th Asian Games, Incheon 2014

Tigers take on Kuwait today

Bangladesh's campaign of retaining cricket's gold medal in the Asian Games begins today as the Tigers take on Kuwait in the fourth quarterfinal at the Yeonhui Cricket Ground in Incheon. The match starts at 11:00am Bangladesh time. On paper, the match against Kuwait, an associate member of the ICC playing in the sixth division of the World Cricket League, is expected to be a stroll in the park for Tigers. Kuwait have reached the quarterfinals with some luck after a coin...

BD A draw level

BD A draw level

Bangladesh A bounced back to level the series as they won the rain-interrupted second one-dayer against Zimbabwe A by six wickets at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium yesterday. Soumya Sarkar hit 86 after claiming two crucial wickets as the home side reached the revised target of 158, losing four wickets in 31.4 overs in reply to the visitors' 163 for nine in their 50 overs. The second-string Bangladesh side had lost the first match by 17 runs and after the outcome of yesterday's match, today's third and final game at the same venue turned into a series decider. Rain stopped play after 31.1 overs with the hosts on 156 for 4 and when...

17th Asian Games, Incheon 2014

Oman defeat ends disastrous campaign

Bangladesh hockey team finished eighth among ten teams in the 17th Asian Games after suffering a 2-3 defeat against Oman in the place-deciding match at the Seonhak Hockey Stadium in Incheon yesterday. The fourth defeat in five matches left Bangladesh in the same position they had attained in the previous edition even though the team management, especially the coach, had set their sights on either the fifth or sixth position before the games began. Since their 0-8 defeat against Japan in...

DPL starts on Nov 2

The country's lone 50 overs domestic cricket competition, the Dhaka Premier League, is set to be delayed by three more weeks as the Bangladesh Cricket Board has decided to send a team to Kolkata to take part in the Eden Gardens' 150 year celebrations. The Dhaka Premier League is now expected to begin on November 2. The competition, which was originally scheduled to begin on October 10, has already been facing delays due to a three-day match that national coach Chandika...

Nadir's case is an error!

Bangladesh Cricket Board has admitted that allowing banned umpire Nadir Shah to officiate in a First Division match was an 'error' on its part. Shah was banned for 10 years in March 2013 after he was found guilty of agreeing to doctor decisions in exchange of money in a sting operation conducted by India TV. However, he was allowed to stand as umpire in a First Division match between Indira Road Krira Chakra and BKSP on Saturday. The member-secretary of the...

Narine action reported too

Kolkata Knight Riders off-spinner Sunil Narine has been reported for a suspected bowling action following his side's 36-run win over Dolphins in the Champions League Twenty20 Group A match on Monday evening in Hyderabad. The charge was laid by on-field umpires Anil Chaudhary and Chettihody Shamshuddin along with third umpire Kumar Dharmasena and specifically relates to Narine's quicker ball. Under CLT20 guidelines, Narine may request for an official assessment from the BCCI's suspect bowling action committee. Narine has been placed...

Waqar unhappy about chucking crackdown

Pakistan coach Waqar Younis has questioned the timing of cricket authorities' crackdown against chucking just months away from the World Cup, and suggested that rules on bowling actions be relaxed for spinners. In an interview with AFP, the former pace great said key all-rounder Mohammed Hafeez's confidence was left shattered after he was reported for a suspect action in an Indian domestic tournament, a fresh blow to Pakistan following the loss of Saeed Ajmal to a chucking ban. Ajmal, the world's...

Nadal back in style

Rafael Nadal made an emphatic return to singles competition Tuesday after being sidelined for three months, sweeping aside Richard Gasquet of France in the 5.4 million dollars China Open. The 14-times Grand Slam winner won his first round match in Beijing 6-4, 6-0, overcoming sporadic resistance in the first set before crushing his 22nd-ranked opponent in the second. Nadal joins top seed Novak Djokovic in the second round. The Serb defeated Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 6-2, 6-1 in just 63 minutes.

UEFA Champions League

Atletico face Juve test

Atletico face Juve test

Last season's beaten finalists Atletico Madrid host Serie A leaders Juventus in a high octane Group A battle in the Spanish capital while Arsenal need a win at home to Galatasaray to kickstart their season. ATLETICO MADRID V JUVENTUS The match of the round sees the Italian Champions Juventus visit the Spanish Champions Atletico Madrid. Last season's runners-up Atletico suffered a shock 3-2 defeat by Olympiakos in their opening match, and since losing striker Diego Costa to Chelsea have been heavily reliant on set pieces for goals. "A set piece can change a game, and we have plenty of players who can bury the ball" says Atletico's top scorer Brazilian centre-back...

Lega Calcio

Di Natale on the double

Veteran striker Antonio Di Natale scored a double in a 4-2 win for Udinese over 10-man Parma that moved the northerners up to a surprise third place in Italy's Serie A on Monday. Elsewhere, Serbian international striker Filip Djordjevic netted a fine hat-trick in a 4-0 win at Palermo that allowed previously lifeless Lazio to momentarily forget their early season blues. Juventus and Roma, both in Champions League action against Atletico Madrid and Manchester City respectively this week, have set the...

Barclays English Premier League

Magpies' woes deepen

Stoke City added to Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew's woes with a 1-0 win at the Britannia Stadium on Monday that left the Magpies still searching for their first Premier League victory of the season. Defeat meant the north-east side had taken just three points out of a possible 18 from six matches, with only newly-promoted Burnley keeping them off the bottom of the table courtesy of having scored fewer goals. Both Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, among the crowd at Stoke's...

Santos joins Pires at FC Goa

Former Brazil left back Andre Santos has signed a deal to take part in the inaugural Indian Super League (ISL) alongside ex-Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires at FC Goa. Santos, 31, who had spells with Fenerbahce in Turkey as well as Arsenal and Brazilian clubs Corinthians, Gremio and Flamengo, is the latest high-profile name to sign up for the eight-team league that begins in a fortnight and runs for 10 weeks. Santos, who had a difficult two-year spell in England at Arsenal...

Scholastica basketball held

The Scholastica Interschool Basketball Tournament drew to close with Sunbeams and SFX Greenherald winning the girls' and boys' titles respectively on last Saturday. In the girls' final, Sunbeams defeated Scholastica, while in the boys' section, it was Scholastica again who were on the receiving end in a neck and neck game. Eleven English medium schools of the city, namely Scholastica, Aga Khan, SFX Greenherald, Sunnydale, Sunbeams, Play Pen, South Breeze, Bangladesh International Tutorial, DPS STS, Pledge Harbor School and Sports Academy...

Editorial

Editorial

Cattle market hemming in hospitals

A cattle market in the Agargaon area has put the lives of scores of critical patiens in jeopardy as it blocks the approach to some major hospitals in the city. Desperate to get redress, the health ministry on Monday sought the home ministry's intervention, as the relevant authority, the LGRD ministry, wouldn't listen to its plea. It is not only patently irresponsible, but also an instance of utter insensitivity to public welfare and access to medical facilities on the part...

Editorial

The old menace returns

ONCE a scourge during national holidays in the past, gangs of criminals who employed medicines to render their victims unconscious, some of whom dying in the process, are now back in vogue this year. According to what has been published in a national Bangla daily, we understand that there have been more than 380 such reported cases in the month of September and two unfortunate individuals have met their deaths. We are informed by the police that special squads...

Op-ed

Editorial

Cattle market hemming in hospitals

A cattle market in the Agargaon area has put the lives of scores of critical patiens in jeopardy as it blocks the approach to some major hospitals in the city. Desperate to get redress, the health ministry on Monday sought the home ministry's intervention, as the relevant authority, the LGRD ministry, wouldn't listen to its plea. It is not only patently irresponsible, but also an instance of utter insensitivity to public welfare and access to medical facilities on the part...

Editorial

The old menace returns

ONCE a scourge during national holidays in the past, gangs of criminals who employed medicines to render their victims unconscious, some of whom dying in the process, are now back in vogue this year. According to what has been published in a national Bangla daily, we understand that there have been more than 380 such reported cases in the month of September and two unfortunate individuals have met their deaths. We are informed by the police that special squads...

STRANGER THAN FICTION

Should Bangladesh take al-Zawahri's threats seriously?

THE answer to the question planted in the title of this article is a definitive “NO”. There is absolutely no reason to take Ayman al-Zawahiri seriously or consider his threats “ominous”. If al Qaeda could, it would have attacked Bangladesh by now. Between February and September this year, Zawahiri has circulated two video speeches, the first one primarily focused Bangladesh and the second one mainly focused India. The fugitive head of al Qaeda, which is fast losing ground to...

Why is Indian outward FDI shying away from South Asia?

THERE have been promises of greater Indian investment in South Asia for a long time. A report produced by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in 2007 argued that India would play a key role in investing in South Asia and this in turn will stimulate intra-regional trade in the region. The report made special reference to the rapidly growing Indian IT industry and identified it as a potential investor in South Asia. The ADB argued that business process outsourcing,...

Question on question papers?

THE results of the admission test of the 'Kha” unit of the University of Dhaka for the 2014-15 academic session were very disappointing. A total of 40,565 students sat for the test against 2,221 seats on September 19. Of them, only 3,874 students i.e. 9.55% passed. Only two students qualified for enrolment in the English department. The results raised questions about the standard of education in the country. The minister for education, on the contrary, finds the admission test...

Will rising minimum wage affect the RMG sector?

Will rising minimum wage affect the RMG sector?

MINIMUM wage for workers in Bangladesh garments industry is a hot button issue for both manufacturers and the Western retailers. At the recent Harvard University Conference on “Globalization and Sustainability of Bangladesh Garments Industry”, two issues dominated the discussions: wages and workers' safety.  The participants, while supporting the cause of workers' rights to...

BOTTOM LINE

Kashmir issue at the UN

PAKISTAN Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on 26th September raised the Kashmir issue at the UN General Assembly while blaming India for "another missed opportunity" to address outstanding issues. As a consequence the foreign secretary-level talks were cancelled.  Asserting that a "veil" cannot be drawn over the "core" issue of Kashmir, he said Pakistan is ready to work for resolution of this problem through negotiations. "Our support and advocacy of the right to self-determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir...

Letters To The Editor

Justice for Felani

Justice for Felani

Felani Khatun, a 15 year old Bangladeshi girl became the worst ever victim of border killing in history when she tried to cross the Bangladesh-India border on 7 January 2011. The Indian authorities failed to provide justice at the first trial, thanks to their indifference. The Indian court acquitted Amiya Ghosh, the killer of Felani, of the charge of killing. The retrial of Felani killing has started again as the verdict of the first trial was rejected by Felani's father. We, the people of Bangladesh demand a fair trial this time. Our government should play a more active role in this regard. S. S. Sonda Dept. of Marketing Begum Rokeya University

Letters To The Editor

Aminbazar speed breakers need urgent repair

It is our common practice that whenever any accident occurs, we become very aware for a few days. But as time passes we forget the whole thing. After the tragic accident on the bridge near Aminbazar, speed breakers were constructed on both sides of the bridge. But now these speed breakers are completely worn out and in need of urgent repair to avoid any future accident. Eid and puja are imminent and a large number of people will go home...

Letters To The Editor

Is poetry dying?

“Is poetry a dying art?” by Kaiser Haq published in TDS on September 27 has touched us who are concerned about literature in current age. The number of books published each month and the number of sustainable literature journals points to the simple fact that production and promotion of knowledge here is actually going down the drain. People write in their leisure time, which is not adequate. Nobody has the time or the needed focus to do adequate research before...

Comments on news report

“54 primary schools illegally occupied,” published on September 27, 2014 MH Khan School lands, railway lands, rivers, village markets etc. -- all are occupied by influential people and their goons. Nobody cares and nothing will be done regarding this, not at least in the near future. ***** “Share of loot led to Keraniganj 4-murder” (September 27, 2014) Sayed Rahman Why those two innocent kids had to die untimely? ***** “Trapped by rickshaws” (September 26, 2014) Sayed Rahman The report shows the utmost callousness of the SUV driver as well...

New momentum on climate must generate action in Asia-Pacific

The landmark Climate Summit convened by the United Nations Secretary-General last week in New York was unprecedented in terms of the participation of leaders, the private sector and a range of other stakeholders. The level and scale of enthusiasm it generated augurs well for global climate action and for future generations. This new momentum must now translate into real action in Asia and the Pacific.          Leaders at the Summit offered commitments that will feed into the UN Climate Change...

Entertainment

Mir Sabbir's return to the big screen

Mir Sabbir's return to the big screen

Actor-director Mir Sabbir has so far appeared in only one movie in his long career. After a seven-year hiatus, he has now signed up a movie for which shooting is going on in London. Before leaving Dhaka, the actor spoke to The Daily Star about his new film and Eid plans. Hasn't this been a really long hiatus since your last film? Mir Sabbir: In 2008, I worked with Popy in the movie “Ki Jadu Korila” for the first time. After this film, I was rarely seen on the silver screen. I'm now going to act in the film “Good Morning London”, directed by Tania Ahmed. What drove you to work in...

BoTala to hold major theatre fest

BoTala to hold major theatre fest

Theatre troupe BoTala has chalked out an eight-day theatre festival later this month at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy's (BSA) National Theatre Hall, featuring productions from India and USA, along with top troupes of the country. With the title “Chhorai Swopno-beej Akash Toley: BotTlaa Rongo-Mela 2014”, the festival will run from October 24-31 and...

FILM REVIEW

'Khoobsurat': Frothy fairytale

'Khoobsurat': Frothy fairytale

When bubbly physiotherapist Mili Chakravarty (played by Sonam Kapoor) enters the lives of a stifling royal family, expect an explosion of personalities. She's fun loving, dressed over the top and doesn't hesitate to speak her mind. The gloomy Rathores, by contrast, are just so -- there's wheelchair-bound father Shekhar Singh Rathore (Aamir Raza...

Mosharraf Karim turns 'almost rock star' for Puja

Mosharraf Karim turns 'almost rock star' for Puja

In a special TV play for Durga Puja, seasoned actor Mosharraf Karim will be on screen on a new avatar –that of a rock star. Titled “Praye Rockstar”, the play written and directed by Rubayet Mahmud, will air on Banglavision on October 4 at 9:05pm. Prova will star opposite Mosharraf in it. Iqbal (played...

TV WATCH

Dhonni Meye on Channel 9

Dhonni Meye on Channel 9

Drama serial titled “Dhonni Meye” will air on Channel 9 tonight. Written and directed by Matiya Banu Shuku, the serial casts Abul Hayat, Dolly Zahur, Dipanwita Halder, Swagota, Intekhab Dinar and others. The plot revolves around a government employee Anwar and his three daughters Bipasha, Manisha and Tanisha who have vastly different temperaments....

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Devdas on ATN Bangla

Devdas on ATN Bangla

Tele-film Devdas will air on ATN Bangla at 8pm on October 3 as part of the channel's special Durga Puja programmes. Based on Sharatchandra's classic novel, the tele-film has been directed by Dayel Rahman. DA Tayeb plays the role of Devdas while Homayra Himu and Soma Afroze play Parbati and Chandramukhi respectively.

Nicole Scherzinger lands “Cats” role

Nicole Scherzinger lands “Cats” role

Pop singer Nicole Scherzinger is to make her West End debut in Andrew Lloyd Webber's record-breaking musical “Cats”. The US star will play Grizabella in the award-winning musical, which is returning to London for a 12-week run from December 6. The show is based on TS Eliot's “Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats”. “I am really thrilled to be making my West End debut in such an iconic show,” Scherzinger said. Scherzinger studied theatre and dance at the Wright State University in Ohio and joined pop band “The Pussycat Dolls” in 2003. They went on to sell 50 million records worldwide. She has also enjoyed solo chart success and spent three years working...

IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

The Chapman Stick is an electric musical instrument devised by Emmett Chapman in the early 1970s. A member of the guitar family, the Chapman Stick usually has ten or twelve individually tuned strings and has been used on music recordings to play bass lines, melody lines, chords, or textures. Designed as a fully polyphonic chordal instrument, it can also cover several of these musical parts simultaneously. A Stick looks like a wider, longer version of the fretboard of an electric guitar, but more strings. Unlike the electric guitar, it is usually played by tapping or fretting the strings, rather than plucking them. For this reason, it can sound many...

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Female Migrant Workers

31pc physically abused

At least 31 percent of Bangladeshi female migrants have been physically abused in destination countries due to a lack of proper security measures, according to a study of Ovibashi Karmi Unnayan Program (OKUP) yesterday. “Bangladeshi female migrants face many challenges in their destination countries. They face different forms of abuse--physical, sexual, and verbal -- and this poses a barrier for female migration,” said Shakirul Islam, chairman of OKUP, a grass roots migrant organisation. OKUP revealed their findings at a consultation programme...

Gabtoli cattle market sees supply fall

With only five days to go before Eid-ul-Azha, sacrificial animals are yet to arrive in significant numbers at Gabtoli, the largest and permanent cattle market of the capital. Cattle traders said huge losses last year and a very poor number of customers this year so far had prompted them not to bring in animals in large numbers. In addition, the prices are higher comparing with last year's. "We have to buy a medium-sized bull with Tk 10,000 to Tk 20,000 more than...

Mahasaptami today

Mahasaptami today

On the second day of the five-day Durga Puja, the Hindus will celebrate the Mahasaptami puja today marking the goddess's victory over demon Mahishashur. The worshippers will sing hymns and offer flowers seeking the blessings of Durga, the saviour of humanity from all evils. The victory of Durga symbolises the triumph of good over...

Maritime Security

Not a one-nation matter anymore

Securing the sea requires cooperation and partnership among navies because no country can tackle the maritime threats single-handedly, speakers told the concluding ceremony of a Bangladesh-US joint naval drill in Chittagong yesterday. Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Operation) Rear Admiral Aurangzev Chowdhury said no single nation or organisation had the full capacity to fight the challenges like maintenance of law at sea, scaling up counter-terrorism efforts, and ensuring effective law enforcement, and seeking assistances during natural disasters. The six-day joint exercise...

Barisal AL, BNP join hands for peaceful coexistence

Leaders and activists of the major political parties including the Awami League and its archrival the BNP yesterday joined a procession in Barisal city with a call for peaceful coexistence of disparate ideologies for the country's development. With the theme, "Let's not fight, let's build a Bangladesh based on unity", the programme was organised by the Political Fellow Alumni Association, a body of political activists trained in proper democratic practices and norms, by Democracy International (DI) and the International Foundation...

Fake medicine factory busted

A mobile court yesterday busted a fake medicine factory and jailed its three staff for six months for producing counterfeit drugs in an unhygienic environment in the capital's Mirpur-7. The employees are Nazib Uddin, general manager of Innova Pharmaceuticals, its accountant Mozammel Haque, and distribution manager Tofazzal Hossain. The court led by Metropolitan and Executive Magistrate Sarwar Alam also fined the trio Tk 2 lakh each and sealed the factory off and seized a huge quantities of drugs and medicine-making ingredients...

Move To Cut Marriageable Age

BMP protests

Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP) has protested the government's proposal to reduce the minimum age of girls for marriage to 16, and that of boys to 18 in the draft of the child marriage restraint act. The organisation at a press conference at Jatiya Press Club yesterday demanded that the minimum age of girls and boys for marriage be 18 and 21 respectively as per the existing child marriage restraint act. Ayesha Khanam, president of BMP, said, “The rate of child marriage...

Canadian Int'l School gets space science centre

Canadian International School (CIS) in Dhaka launched a space science centre with a powerful telescope on its premises Monday to encourage young learners in science education. The centre has been set up in association with Bangladesh Astronomical Association. It will primarily have a classroom planetarium with the telescope procured from Singapore for sighting of the moon, stars and other celestial bodies, and different kinds of books and journals on astronomy, said Khondoker Hafiz, chief executive of CIS. The centre will remain active...

5 killed as trains hit them in 2 dists

Five people were killed as trains hit them in Dhaka and Faridpur yesterday. Our staff correspondent reports, an unidentified elderly man died when a train struck him while he was walking along the railway tracks in the capital's Banani in the early hours, said railway police. In Kamalapur, an unidentified boy was killed when a train hit him near platform-7 of the railway station around 2:00am. Meanwhile, Belayet Hossain, 60, of Mohammadpur, died as a train ran him over while he was...

Self Mutilation Protesting Mistreatment

JS body to visit Tongi juvenile centre

The parliamentary standing committee on the social welfare ministry yesterday decided to visit Tongi Juvenile Development Centre in Gazipur to investigate the alleged irregularities and mismanagement there. The decision came a day after five juveniles slashed their arms with sharp objects at the reformatory reportedly in protest of mistreatment. The date of the visit was not known. Speaking at a meeting of the committee at Jatiya Sangsad (JS) Bhaban, the ministry's secretary said there were some problems at the centre including...

Road crashes kill 3

Countrywide road accidents killed three people and injured five others yesterday and Monday. Our Chapainawabganj correspondent reports, Santosh Karmokar, 46, of Omarpur village died and two people were injured when a human-hauler fell into a roadside ditch as the driver lost control over the vehicle at Israil intersection in Shibganj municipal area yesterday. Our Benapole correspondent reports, Nuruzaman, 25, of Baropota village died and three people were injured when a CNG-run auto-rickshaw hit a motorcycle at Laxonpur bazar in sarsa upazila...

Adulterating spices

Three factory owners jailed

A Rab-assisted mobile court yesterday sentenced three factory owners to one-year imprisonment and fined Tk 1 lakh each for producing adulterated cooking ingredients in the capital's Karwan Bazar kitchen market. They are Sumon Mia, 22, Monir Hossain, 32, and Gias Uddin, 50. The court also fined five employees of the factories Tk 1 lakh each and seized 50 sacks of adulterated chilli and turmeric powder. Officials of Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution assisted the drive.

Dalits still treated as untouchables

Dalits still treated as untouchables

Although the country's constitution promises equal rights for all citizens, thousands of people of the Dalit community are treated as "untouchables" and are ostracised by the society, said Dalits at a rally yesterday. As the non-discriminatory values of the constitution are not enough to ensure rights of the Dalits, a law that makes discrimination...

'Teenagers' kill neighbour peer

A teenage boy was beaten to death allegedly by his neighbourhood peers in the capital's Pallabi last evening, following rivalry over a trivial matter. The victim, Mehedi, 16, was a tenth grader at Mirpur Bangla School. Police said he and his friends had been in fighting with a group of teenagers led by one Oli over taking control of a place at an under-construction building where both groups spent their leisure. Syed Ziauzzaman, officer-in-charge of Pallabi Police Station, said Oli's group beat...

Everything with India on right track

Referring to the recent meeting of Sheikh Hasina and Narendra Modi in New York, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali yesterday said everything with India was on the right track. “The results of the meeting... were very good. We are delighted," he told a press conference on the outcomes of the 69th UN General Assembly at the Foreign Ministry. Ali said that during the meeting on Saturday, Indian Prime Minister Modi assured that India would always stand by Bangladesh. The minister described the...

Hajis may bring back 47kg of goods

From now, Hajj pilgrims can carry 47kg of goods instead of 30kg on the return flights of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, said a civil aviation and tourism ministry press release yesterday. Minister Rashed Khan Menon, now in Makkah, has made the announcement, it added. Following the instruction, the Biman authorities immediately took necessary steps to implement it.

Latif Siddique faces barrage of criticism

Different political and social organisations yesterday demanded arrest and punishment of the doomed Awami League leader Abdul Latif Siddique for his Sunday's comments in New York that he deplored Hajj and Tablighi Jamaat more than the Jamaat-e-Islami. Latif was criticised by the party colleagues, too. Latif who was in New York as part of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's entourage was addressing a reception arranged by Tangail expatriates living in the US state. Criticising him, AL acting president Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury urged all...

Duta protests Nahid's remarks about DU admission test

Dhaka University Teachers Association yesterday said the recent remarks made by Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid about the university's entry test were “unfortunate”. The university authorities did not prepare the test with a motive either to harass the aspirants or to increase the failure rate, said a statement signed by Duta President Prof Farid Uddin Ahmed and General Secretary Prof ASM Maksud Kamal. “Rather the questions were designed to select the most meritorious aspirants. It reflects the qualitative skills acquired by...

News In Brief

Seven robbers arrested in Ashulia Our Correspondent, Savar Police arrested seven robbers in different areas of Ashulia on Monday night. During primary interrogation, the seven confessed to their involvement in the September 16 incident where four passengers of a microbus were robbed and one of them, Hero Uki Ymai, a Japanese adviser of Sangu Textile Ltd, was also injured, said police at a press conference yesterday. They also recovered three machetes, 11 mobile phone sets and a laptop from the arrestees.       Muggers loot...

Obituary

Amina Choudhury, widow of martyred intellectual Fazlul Huq Choudhury, died on Monday in Toronto, Canada. She left behind her daughter Farida Khan and son Fayezul Huq Choudhury, says a press release.

Obituary

Begum Jahanara Rob, a former lawmaker and wife of late Abdur Rob Boga Miah a Liberation War organiser, died due to old-age complications at Square Hospital in the capital on Monday. She was 85. She left behind a son, seven daughters to mourn her death and was buried at Arifpur graveyard yesterday. Different political leaders and social workers mourned her death.

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Insight

Beef fattening - blessing or threat?

Beef fattening - blessing or threat?

We can hardly look at the rain outside and not feel the need to have khichuri and beef. But are we aware about how safe the beef is for our consumption? Apart from using cows for ploughing farmlands and milk production, cow farming contributes to the supply of meat across Bangladesh. Beef fattening...

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Beggar rehabilitation programme begins in Thakurgaon

Beggar rehabilitation programme begins in Thakurgaon

A beggar rehabilitation programme was inaugurated at Awliapur union in Thakurgaon sadar upazila on Saturday. Deputy Commissioner Mukesh Chandra Biswas distributed homestead land documents for living, milking cows and financial assistance for erecting houses, grocery shops and running capital for small business to five local beggars through a vibrant inaugural programme held at Awliapur...

Cargo vessel sinks in Passur

A clinker-laden cargo vessel sank in the Passur River in Mongla upazila yesterday morning. Sources at Mongla Port said the cargo ship sank a Joymonighol point of the river around 9:00am after hitting another cargo vessel while heading towards Mongla port after uploading 650 tonnes of clinker (cement raw material) imported by Sena Kalyan Sangstha from a vessel near Harbaria. None of the staff of the vessel, however, was injured. All eight safely swam ashore. While returning to the SKS cement factory,...

College student, 2 kids drown

A college student drowned in a pond adjacent to Jessore Cantonment on Monday. The dead is Nafis Sadik Rafi, a Class XI student of Jessore Government MM College and son of Bappi Hossain, reports UNB. Witnesses said Rafi slipped into the water when he along with his friends went to take bath in the pond in the afternoon and died. Later, an army team recovered the body from the pond. Meanwhile, two schoolboys drowned in a canal at Akandapara village in Islampur upazila...

Constable 'commits suicide'

A constable of Kurigram Court Police allegedly committed suicide by taking poison at his rented house at Palashbari village of the district town on Monday night. The deceased is Prokash Chandra Roy, 41, son of Monoranjan Roy. He hailed from Shindurmati village in Sadar upazila of Lalmonirhat district. Khandokar Abdur Rashid, inspector of Kurigram Court Police, quoted victim's family members as saying that, Prokash suddenly went back to his residence around 6:00pm, in an ailing condition and informed his wife that...

Cutting road repair cost at the cost of people's health

Cutting road repair cost at the cost of people's health

Discarded rubber and sponge sandals are being burnt instead of wood and diesel to melt bitumen to repair the potholed roads under the municipality, exposing the townspeople to serious health hazards. Recently the municipality authorities have taken steps to repair different roads that have remained in awful conditions for years. But the initiative has turned...

Woman's body recovered

Police recovered the body of a young woman, mother of two children, from a jungle at Katalipara village in Bishwanath upazila on Monday afternoon. The deceased was identified as Shilpi Begum,24, wife of Lutfar Rahman, a resident of the same village. Police said locals found the body of Shilpi near a pond of one Taiyab Ali of the village at about 4:00 pm and informed police. Victim's family members said Samuz Ali,50, a resident of Rahman Nagar village of the same upazila,...

All to deprive them of rights?

Criminals strangled a woman and hacked her son at Bagutia village in Shailokupa upazila under the district on Monday night. The day before, the woman Sajeda Khatun, 45, daughter of late Khorshed Alam of Bagutia village, and her son Jinnah Alam, 29, arranged a press conference at Jhenidah Press Club, where they claimed that Rafikul Islam, former chairman of Abaipur union parishad (UP) in Shailakupa upazila, is their husband and father, Jinnah said.  "When Sajeda Khatun and her son Jinnah Alam...

Thousands of cattle are sold a day at Bagachra Satmile haat

Thousands of cattle are sold a day at Bagachra Satmile haat

A large number of sacrificial cattle are brought in from India mostly illegally through different border points under Jessore and Satkhira districts and put on sale at bordering Bagachra Satmile cattle market under Sharsha upazila of the district. Traders from 20 districts, including Dhaka, Kushtia, Sirajganj, Jhenidah, Chapainawabganj, Chittagong, Faridpur and Noakhali, come to...

Gang kills schoolboy, injures his father

Criminals stabbed a schoolboy to death and injured his father severely over past enmity at a shop in Barhatta upazila headquarters on Monday evening. The deceased, Aminul Islam, 14, son of Akbar Ali alias Akbar member, was a Class IX student at CKP Pilot High School. Critically injured Akbar member, a resident of Bikramshree village, was rushed to Netrakona Sadar Hospital with severe stab injuries. Later, he was shifted to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital, following the deterioration of his condition. Locals said,...

'Save Dhaleswari from land grabbers, pollution'

'Save Dhaleswari from land grabbers, pollution'

Local people formed a human chain under Jagir Bridge in Sadar upazila yesterday, demanding urgent steps to save Dhaleswari River from pollution and land grabbers. Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (Bapa), Poribesh Banchao Andolon and Dhaleswari Banchao Andolon expressed solidarity with their demand by participating in the programme under the banner of Dhaleswari Nodi Bancha Andolon. Earlier...

World

Hong Kong protesters prepare for the long haul

Hong Kong protesters prepare for the long haul

Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters extended a blockade of Hong Kong streets yesterday, stockpiling supplies and erecting makeshift barricades ahead of what some fear may be a push by police to clear the roads before Chinese National Day. Riot police shot pepper spray and tear gas at protesters at the weekend, but by...

Obama makes pitch for affections of Modi govt

Obama makes pitch for affections of Modi govt

President Barack Obama yesterday hailed the "energy" and "determination" of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, flexing the symbolism of his office to make a strong pitch for the affections of the new Indian government. Modi meanwhile told Obama that he hoped for an agreement "soon" to free up a major global trade facilitation agreement, blocked...

Modi meets Obama at White House

Modi meets Obama at White House

India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at the White House yesterday, on the latest stop in his headline-grabbing debut tour of the world stage after his Hindu nationalist party's crushing election win. President Barack Obama welcomed Modi to Oval Office talks which both sides hope will overcome niggling differences and revive a partnership which both see as vital, but that has been under strain in recent years. The US leader was expected to press Modi on the implementation of a stalled World Trade Organization commerce pact and to consult with him on the campaign against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq and on other key issues, including global...

Tamil film industry fasts for Jayalalithaa

Tamil film industry fasts for Jayalalithaa

Southern India's film industry launched an eight-hour fast yesterday to rally support for political leader Jayalalithaa Jayaram, who was jailed for four years following a lengthy corruption case. Some 3,000 directors, actors, producers and others were taking part in the hunger strike for the ex-film star turned politician, while the industry itself shut down...

Iran rejects Israel PM accusations

Iran yesterday rejected as baseless accusations levelled by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that it poses a greater threat to the world than the Islamic State jihadist group. Speaking on Monday at the UN General Assembly, Netanyahu said that "to defeat ISIS and leave Iran as a threshold nuclear state power is to win the battle and lose the war". Netanyahu also described the IS jihadists who have captured chunks of territory in Iraq and Syria and Hamas, the Islamist militant...

Afghanistan and US sign troop pact

Afghanistan and the United States yesterday signed a deal to allow some US troops to stay in the country next year, signalling that new President Ashraf Ghani intends to mend frayed ties with Washington. Hamid Karzai, who stepped down as president on Monday, refused to sign the deal in a disagreement that symbolised the breakdown of Afghan-US relations after the optimism of 2001 when the Taliban were ousted from power. Afghan National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar and US Ambassador James Cunningham...

ISIS could become 'world's first truly terrorist state': Theresa May

ISIS could become 'world's first truly terrorist state': Theresa May

ISIS could acquire nuclear and biological weapons to launch attacks on Britain, the UK Home Secretary warned yesterday as she set out new measures to clamp down on extremist groups. In a speech to the Tory party conference that concentrated almost entirely on the threat from terrorism at home and abroad, Theresa May warned...

Earth's wildlife 'halves in 40 years'

The world's wildlife population is less than half the size it was just four decades ago, with unsustainable human consumption and damage from climate change destroying valuable habitats at a faster rate than previously thought, a new report has warned. The number of vertebrates, which make up the bulk of Earth's visible animals, has dived by 52 percent over the past 40 years. Biodiversity loss has now reached “critical levels”, the report warns. But some populations of mammals, birds, reptiles and...

Japan volcano eruption intensifies

Efforts to recover the bodies of at least 24 climbers have been suspended again after the eruption on Japan's Mount Ontake intensified. A BBC correspondent near the mountain yesterday said the volcano was shooting out even more ash, smoke and rocks than before. At least 36 people are thought to have died in Saturday's unexpected eruption. Dozens of other people were injured in the incident on the mountain, which is about 200km (125 miles) west of Tokyo. Hundreds of firefighters, police and troops...

News in Brief

Intruder ran through White House  floor Reuters, Washington The man who breached security at the White House this month raced through several rooms on the main floor, penetrating farther into the building than previously disclosed, a Republican congressman said on Monday. The suspect, Omar Gonzalez, 42, a decorated Iraqi war veteran, was charged with unlawfully entering a restricted building or grounds while carrying a deadly or dangerous weapon. Officials said he was carrying a knife when he jumped the White House fence...

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Tech Releases

Bangladesh wins WITSA global ICT award

Bangladesh wins WITSA global ICT award

Today Bangladesh was awarded with the prestigious ‘Global ICT Excellence Award’ in the category of ‘Public Sector Excellence’ for outstanding contribution in social development of the nation using IT. ICT division State minister Mr. Zunaid Ahmed Palak received the award on behalf of Bangladesh Government at World Congress on IT-WCIT in Mexico. After receiving...

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Project Cars

Too much is enough Tuned Toyota Axio

Too much is enough Tuned Toyota Axio

The Toyota Corolla Axio is a good car. It's good in the same way a tomato is good for you. A tomato isn't offensive to look at, has the right kind of stuff that is good for health and everyone can have one. That's an Axio. Unfortunately, that doesn't make it exciting. Then there...

Toyota's front wheel greats

Toyota's front wheel greats

Front Wheel Drivetrains were developed to make it cheaper to build cars. As FWD technology was refined and efficiency rose, hot new FWD vehicles started appearing, led by the charge of European hot hatches. The Japanese took it as their mantra, and over the course of the 90s, embraced FWD as the cash...

Pre -Riding Checklist

Riding motorbikes can be unsafe, but there are ways to minimize the risk. Following this checklist will also ensure you wont have to suffer the humiliation of walking your bike home, while people on the road yell “How much?!” after you (it IS Qurbani eid, after all). 1) Check your tyres for leaks, foreign objects stuck in them, as well as tyre pressure. They're the most vital part on your two-wheelers, so even if you don't look after anything else,...

Shift Zone

Shift Zone

Eid is cows is eid. That's what we primarily think of when it comes to this particular eid. And goats as well. All this mixed with chili, turmeric, salt, twenty other spices and cooked in oil. Eid is also about antacids. All the assorted cattle need to be transported individually after being selected...

  

Letters

Letters To The Editor

Justice for Felani

Justice for Felani

Felani Khatun, a 15 year old Bangladeshi girl became the worst ever victim of border killing in history when she tried to cross the Bangladesh-India border on 7 January 2011. The Indian authorities failed to provide justice at the first trial, thanks to their indifference. The Indian court acquitted Amiya Ghosh, the killer of Felani, of the charge of killing. The retrial of Felani killing has started again as the verdict of the first trial was rejected by Felani's father. We, the people of Bangladesh demand a fair trial this time. Our government should play a more active role in this regard. S. S. Sonda Dept. of Marketing Begum Rokeya University

Letters To The Editor

Aminbazar speed breakers need urgent repair

It is our common practice that whenever any accident occurs, we become very aware for a few days. But as time passes we forget the whole thing. After the tragic accident on the bridge near Aminbazar, speed breakers were constructed on both sides of the bridge. But now these speed breakers are completely worn out and in need of urgent repair to avoid any future accident. Eid and puja are imminent and a large number of people will go home...

Letters To The Editor

Is poetry dying?

“Is poetry a dying art?” by Kaiser Haq published in TDS on September 27 has touched us who are concerned about literature in current age. The number of books published each month and the number of sustainable literature journals points to the simple fact that production and promotion of knowledge here is actually going down the drain. People write in their leisure time, which is not adequate. Nobody has the time or the needed focus to do adequate research before...

Comments on news report

“54 primary schools illegally occupied,” published on September 27, 2014 MH Khan School lands, railway lands, rivers, village markets etc. -- all are occupied by influential people and their goons. Nobody cares and nothing will be done regarding this, not at least in the near future. ***** “Share of loot led to Keraniganj 4-murder” (September 27, 2014) Sayed Rahman Why those two innocent kids had to die untimely? ***** “Trapped by rickshaws” (September 26, 2014) Sayed Rahman The report shows the utmost callousness of the SUV driver as well...